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Since the 1999–2000 school year, Denver Public Schools, in partnership with the Center for Civic Education, has used the School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program (SVPDP) in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the district. In the first year of the program, teachers from U.S. Congressional District 1 were recruited to pilot the program materials. Since then, Denver Public Schools has adopted the program’s curricular materials as part of the common curricula for both middle and high schools. We are in the process of adopting the curriculum, for our elementary schools as well. This adoption process will take place over the course of three years: we are currently in our second year of the process. With this step, we will have institutionalized all of the Center’s programs in our schools.

PROGRAM'S IMPACT ON DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
 
September 2008 - June 2009
September 1999 - June 2008
Total
Schools
15
73
143
Students
2,476
9,000
21,010
Teachers
34
93
251
Community Leaders
local and state govt. leaders
local and state govt. leaders
more than 50

Program Highlights and Anecdotes

  • U.S. Congresswoman Diana DeGette's staff attended events, judged activities, and signed certificates.
  • Abraham Lincoln High School students were praised for their work on researching the impact of development on a major street next to their school.
  • Community lawyers and other lay people volunteered their time to help students prepare for the SVPDP simulated congressional hearings.
  • We have created a formal partnership with the Denver Bar Association in which they have committed to partnering lawyers with our teachers and students.
Quotes

The concepts and activities in this program should be required in  every Denver school.
Parent Focus Group – Steck Elementary School

My students are far more interested in current events happening  in their school and community. They have learned that their opinions count and, through their  efforts, can bring about changes  in the community.
Mrs. Tiffany Berry  - Grade 5 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School

Providing coaches to help teachers and students in the program has been a wonderful option for our Service Learning Program.
Frank Coyne, University of Denver

For further information contact:
Carla Frenzel, Site Coordinator, Carla_frenzel@dpsk12.org
Maria Gallo, Director, School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program, gallo@civiced.org